Checking for Storm Damage on Your Home’s Exterior
It’s just as important to check your home’s exterior after a storm as it is the interior. In fact, it may be more important to check the exterior, since that’s where water usually gets into your home.
Here is a quick list of what you should check on the exterior of your home after a storm. It only takes a few minutes, and it can save you hundreds, even thousands, of dollars in home repair costs.
First, check your siding. Strong winds, rain, and hail can loosen your siding, whether you have vinyl or wood siding. Also, check window frames and shutters for vulnerability as well as rot.
Next, give your outdoor structures a quick check. That includes decks, sheds, fences, pergolas, gazebos, even garden arbors.
While you’re out checking these structures, remember to check your trees to make sure no branches have fallen or were damaged or weakened during the storm. These can pose a threat for future storms.
Finally, check your roof. Be careful when inspecting your roof. Make sure to use a sturdy ladder and good grippy shoes to prevent slipping and falling. As you inspect your roof, look for shingles that have been turned up or are missing. Any place where shingles have been damaged is a potential spot for water to seep in. Take a picture of the damage and call your insurance agency, as your insurance may cover the costs of roof repair.